Sunday, December 30, 2012

My Best of Beauty 2012 - Makeup

Best of Beauty 2012

Best of Beauty 2012

I'll start first with KohGenDo, some of my favourite products for 1.5 years:

KohGenDo Maifanshi Makeup Color Bases - After discovering primers for the eyes and face a couple of years ago, I've tried my fair share of brands and formulations. I must say that I am not a fan of silicone-based primers. I don't like that feeling on my face, which is why I really love KohGenDo's silicone-free primers. Similar to Smashbox or Make Up For Ever, they come in different "colour correcting" shades.

I have tried every colour and they are all great. They don't leave a coloured cast on the skin, and I was even impressed with the Pearl White base. The white base has fine pearlized powders which is supposed to have a brightening effect. I hate anything that's too sparkly or glittery, but this really does disappear into the skin and just leave a radiant glow (I hate saying "radiant glow" because it sounds so much like a sickening product commercial, but that's really what you get!)

KohGenDo Maifanshi Moisture Foundation - In fact, both formulations of KohGenDo's liquid foundations are great. I have both (the other is called the Aqua Foundation), but for most of the year prefer the Moisture foundation as my skin can get quite dry, and I find it a bit more hydrating. It feels very rich, but not oily, and blends into the skin really well. I would say the coverage is light, but buildable and the finish is satin. Not super shiny, but not matte either. It seems like a small tube, but it really does last quite a while.

Another foundation which I tried and really loved, but found a bit too drying for me (would be amazing on oilier skin) was Givenchy's new Fluid Foundation Airy-Light Mat Radiance. It has an amazing finish- you can't feel a thing on your face all day. I highly recommend you try it if you have oily skin.

Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel - This is something I never thought I would love so much. Usually looking "bronze" is the last thing I go for, but this can be applied with a very light hand for a more subtle look to shade cheekbones and just give a touch of colour around the face. It works great to contour the face in the summer. This is a cream product, and I like to use it with a duo-fibre stippling brush (like the MAC 187 brush) but I've also seen it used with a short kabuki brush. It has such a lovely scent and amazingly satin smooth finish that I've actually thought about buffing it all over my face... and probably would if I was much darker.

Bobbi Brown Corrector - Up until about a year ago I always though lighter was better under the eyes, but that's not always true, especially for dark circles. Dark circles + light concealer = ashy, grey-looking under eyes. I've learned that a peach colour does wonders for countering the dreaded dark circles, of which I am all too familiar with.

Chanel Joues Contraste powder blush in Rouge - This colour is so beautiful for pale girls, it reminds me of Disney's Snow White with an apple red flush on her cheeks. It looks very natural too, because if you think about it, we don't blush pink or peach or coral, we blush red! I am one of those people who benefits from blush, otherwise I can look a bit flat and dead. It is quite pigmented, so it needs to be applied very lightly (I recommend a duo fiber brush).

I knew I wanted this blush already after researching it online, but when I went to the Chanel counter the salesperson offered to put it on my cheeks. She was a bit overbearing, which should have been a warning sign, but I agreed anyway (I must have been in a good mood) and let her grind her blush brush feverishly into the tester and loom towards me in slow motion. I knew exactly what was happening but couldn't stop it. I looked into the mirror and saw the bright red clown cheeks that were given to me.

Me: "oh my god"

My mom looks at me and starts laughing. I felt bad for the sales associate, but damn woman, you can't load up blush on a pale girl!

SA: "oh.... do you like it a bit lighter? here let me blend it out..."

She tried, but the damage was already done. You can't redo blush. I walked around for the rest of the day looking like I had a severe case of rosacea, but despite that, it didn't stop me from loving the blush when I applied it myself!

KohGenDo Moisture Concealer - This concealer palette only comes in one combination of three shades. Originally I thought this would be far too dark for me, but after I learned about the fine art of colour correcting, I found that these three shades really work well for me. The darkest works great under the eyes, while the two lighter shades work best on the rest of the face. Usually compact brushes never see the light of day in my routine, but this one comes with a little retractable brush that is actually useful and good quality.

Clarins Instant Light Blush - This liquid blush is amazing, and perfect in the summer when you want something light, natural and anything but powdery. The formula is great- super easy to blend in and the finish is satiny- nothing like the sticky mess I got with MAC's cream blushes. This was a bit hard to find here, but I think they are easier found in the USA and UK.

What were your favourite products this year? I'm trying to curb my spending on beauty products (and doing quite well I might add!) but I can't resist hearing your recommendations.


Blue is in Fashion this Year said...

We share the love for Clarins' blush, Shu Uemura Hair Oil.
(Btw I love this "best 2012" kinfd of posts).

And I saw Cloud Atlas last week as well and I agree the best episode was the Seul one.

8.89 said...

I love this round-up! I've been eyeing the Koh Gen Do foundation for a while now and just picked up a tester the other day... been nervous to try it since I'm more into a matte look for my combo skin than a dewy look. Have you ever tried their skincare products? Are they worth a shot? Hourglass opaque rouge liquid lipstick in Icon was definitely my best find last year- such a babe red. I would imagine the formula is similar to the YSL gloss you featured in the other post...

So glad to be blog buddies now. The sentiments are mutual- just bookmarked!

xx M

Stephanie said...

M- Yeah, if you like a matte look you will probably want to powder the KGD foundation, depending on which one you got. I have not tried their skincare products before.

I've heard great things about the Hourglass liquid lipsticks, I will try one out soon!